Written by Leigh Dodds.
In short though, FOAF is a way to describe yourself -- your name, email address, and who you're friends with -- using XML and RDF. This allows software to process these descriptions, perhaps as part of an automated search engine, to discover information about your and the communities of which you're a member. FOAF has the potential to drive many new interesting developments in online communities. In this way it's closely related to RSS, and 'blogrolls' on weblogs: exposing data in a machine-processable format enables a wide variety of applications to be constructed with some very interesting results.
The FOAF-a-matic is being provided as a quick and easy way for you to create your own FOAF description. Simply work through the forms on this page and complete whichever entries you'd like to add to your description. At a minimum you'll need to supply your name and email address, and similarly for any friends you might add. It's worth adding a few friends to your description (but feel free to add as many as you like) because then when FOAF harvesters index your FOAF description, they'll be able to tie you all together as a network of individuals.
If you have comments about this application, or further questions about FOAF, why not join the RDFWeb-dev mailing list?
Tell FOAF-a-matic about some people you know. Click "Add Friend" to add space to add more people.
Now you've filled in the details you're ready to be turned in FOAF...